US imposes sweeping sanctions on China, Myanmar and North Korea

US imposes sweeping sanctions on China, Myanmar and North Korea

The administration of US President Joe Biden has announced new sanctions on dozens of people and entities in China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and North Korea, accusing them of human rights violations.

The United States Department of Treasury on Friday also added Chinese artificial intelligence company SenseTime Group to an investment blacklist.

SenseTime, a leading developer of facial recognition technology, was placed on a list of “Chinese military-industrial complex companies” in which Americans are banned from investing. The firm is accused of having developed facial recognition programs that can determine a target’s ethnicity, with a particular focus on identifying ethnic Uyghurs.

Canada and the United Kingdom also joined the United States in imposing sanctions related to human rights abuses in Myanmar, where the military has persecuted Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities.

Turmoil has gripped Myanmar since de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) were…

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